Shaftesbury Fringe bookings 2021

Pandemic statement

Our facilities will be available subject to all users of the building following whatever government guidelines are in place at the time.

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– Location


– Rooms

There are no charges for the use of our facilities during the fringe.

The main church hall and Shearer rooms are independently available but they are connected by two doorways. The 50cm thick stone wall and two heavy doors (one after the other) in each doorway means that normal conversation doesn’t get through. However, subject to discussion on a case by case basis, a performance in one that includes levels of sound above normal 1:1 conversation may prohibit the use of the other at the same time.

– The main church hall

Main entrance via Parsons Pool.

Seats around 100 people on ground and balcony levels in a combination of fixed pews and movable chairs.

The ‘performance’ area at the front consists of a relatively small platform in front of a conventional pulpit. The available area can be increased by moving any/all of the front two rows of chairs.

– The Shearer room

Main entrance via Bell Street.

Adjoins main hall via two sets of back to back doors either side of pulpit area. The doors are quite good at isolating moderate noise in one space from the other, but would not be perfect for isolating performance music, singing or simperformanceilar.

The room is multi-use and regularly re-configured with different layouts chairs and/or tables.

There is a well provisioned kitchen linked via two serving hatches.

There will be a Youth club in the room above the Shearer room between 5 and 6:30pm on the Saturday. This may result in some noise being heard in the Shearer room itself. i.e. from children running around.


– Audio visual

Our AV systems are in the process of being upgraded. This process is delayed by the pandemic. As things stand we will not be able to provide any AV equipment to performers during the fringe.


– Restrictions on performance content

We very much want to engage with the wider community, but there are restrictions on the content of performances because the building is primarily associated with a Christian church. We therefore ask you to describe the content of your performance when requesting a booking.

Material that includes swearing or certain adult themes will not be acceptable. As a guide we suggest you consider if the content is such that it might be traperformancensmitted by a national TV broadcaster in a 4pm to 6pm weekday slot. Another guide would be whether parents and teachers might consider it inappropriate (as opposed to uninteresting), to the majority of younger primary school age children.

Feel free to contact us if you would like to clarify/discuss the question of content further. Borderline cases will be referred to our leadership team and it may take a week or two before we are able to provide a response.


– Bookings

To make a booking

  • Check availability on the room calendars HERE
    • Note that the ‘week‘ view in these calendars will reveal the most detail.
  • Submit your request to fringe@shafteburyuc.org.uk
    • This must include …
      • A description of the content of your performance. Requests will not be considered without this.
      • The time you want access to the room
      • The time your performance starts
      • The time your performance ends (approx)
      • The time you will vacate the room (meaning the time the next performer can get access)

– Parking

There is dedicated off road parking for two cars on our premises at the rear of the building, but a second vehicle will box in the first. This space is probably best used as a short term drop off/pick up point. Click on “View larger map” below for a photo …

There are several car parks in town. The closest is Bell Street, less than 100 metres from the church (see map).


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